Texarkana Area Improvements

    Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) is investing approximately $113 million to improve the electric transmission grid in northeast Texas. The Powering Up Northeast Texas initiative is comprised of four projects that upgrade the transmission infrastructure to ensure reliable electricity is available for customers. The infrastructure in the area has reached an age where it needs to be upgraded to better serve area customers. These improvements will help lessen the number and duration of outages that occur. These four projects will begin in 2017 and continue through 2021.

    Southwestern Electric Power Company is upgrading the 39th Street - Bann 69-kilovolt transmission line. The project involves rebuilding about 11 miles of power line to increase reliability for the area and strengthen the local power grid. The estimated project budget is $23 million.

    Project Updates

    Phase 1: Bann Substation - Red Lick REA Substation - Completed in Fall 2019

    Phase 2: Red Lick Substation - Richmond Road Substation - Completed in Summer 2020

    Phase 3: 39th Street Substation - REA Tap - August 2020 - February 2021

    Phase 4: Richmond Road Substation - NW Texarkana Substation - January 2021 - May 2021

    SWEPCO held a come-and-go informational open house to introduce the project on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Texarkana Convention Center in Texarkana.

    News Release

    Fact Sheet



    *Exact structure, height and right-of-way requirements may vary from those shown

    Typical Structure Height in residential areas north of I-30: Approximately 75 feet
    Typical Structure Height from 39th Street – I-30: Approximately 100 feet
    Typical Distance Between Structures: Approximately 300-400 feet

    SWEPCO is committed to carefully balancing the energy needs of homes and businesses while protecting the environment and natural beauty of the region.

    * The accompanying map depicts the project area. It should be noted that the map contained on this site is for information purposes only. AEP reserves the right to alter, change, or amend the map at any time without notice and AEP provides no warranty about the accuracy of content. Keep this in mind when reviewing this map. However, AEP will make all attempts to keep this map as accurate as possible. If you have any questions about the accuracy of the current map please Contact Us.